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1 Saturday, April 20, 2013 Building Moral & Strategic Leadership for Nigeria 4 th Annual Graduation Lecture of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development Delivered by Johnson A. Ikube Managing Consultant/CEO Bolton White Hotel, Abuja JI Global Solutions Ltd.

2 … How leaders should behave and how they should achieve desired results generally and in Nigeria in particular The lecture theme explores … Effective leadership is a critical challenge in the world today. Africa is said to appear to have an especially large share of this crisis of leadership.

3 Initial food for thought I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think (Socrates) Opportunity does not knock. You knock and opportunity answers (Anonymous) When Opportunity answers, you must know how to open the door and utilize what the opportunity has successfully (Anonymous)

4 Sensitize all to why we must continue to rethink leadership Remind us of why we need great leaders Sharpen our minds with what great leaders do and have Suggest ways in which to build great leaders in and for Nigeria What I intend to achieve with this lecture

5 The subject of leadership has captivated the minds of business, politics, society and the world more than any other in the last 50 years. There are as many definitions of leadership as there are writers. There are many descriptions of leadership as there are persons in leadership roles. Everyone it appears, is a leader There is so much effort to teach leadership despite which we are experiencing large scale and continuous failures of leadership in virtually every sector of modern society. What can be wrong? Is it in the teaching? Is it in the learning or is it in the practice? There appears to be some disconnect somewhere. The trinity of the leader, the led and the situation as the leadership tripod must be factually rethought? The case for continuous leadership attention

6 Economies grow but People develop The leadership crisis? With developed people, economic growth is not only assured but sustainable

7 Economic growth without people development is a curse to future generations This the challenge of leadership worldwide Sustainable economic growth and development is the evidence of good leadership This should assure harmony internally and externally, bring pride to the people as values and numbers align with higher purpose It must leave leaders with fulfilled hearts and peace of mind The leadership crisis cont’d All leaders should understand and be equipped with the know-how

8 Leadership is the opportunity to make a difference positively We are born with potential and opportunities Described thus, leadership is born; leaders are made Leaders are persons in leadership positions What really is leadership? How persons can recognise and utilize their opportunities positively should really be the issue to explore in leadership Leadership cannot really be taught It must however still be learnt by leaders Leadership must be science performed with the heart and mind of wisdom

9 They increase personal, organisational and community resources Good leaders achieve desired results What Ineffective, Good and Great Leaders do? Great leaders make a difference They touch collective humanity in significant ways, building people through significantly transforming their personalities in line with life’s higher values They decrease personal, organisational and community resources Ineffective leaders fail to achieve desired results It is generally said that the human race has improved virtually everything else but the human race itself. Great leaders focus on this challenge

10 Why? With what did they do what they did? … John Zenger & Joseph R. Folkman (2009) modified Deployed Character Focused on outcomes Empowered others to own the vision Led organisational & societal change Deployed Personal capability These can be building blocks of moral and strategic leadership

11 Building Great Leaders? They are humble They value others They have Integrity They love to do good The value positive Image They deliver Results Core Values Core Behaviours Personalities must be transformed through Core Values, Core Behaviours & Core orientations Respectfu Support others to succeed Transparen t and integrated Good is superior to right Consistent Superior outcomes Core Orientations Self Leadership is key Inclusion is better than exclusion Leadership is for the future They transform right to good There is a higher purpose for life True service fulfills that purpose

12 How do we build great leaders, since the teaching of leadership appears to be running into troubled waters How many great leaders were taught leadership? They did not consciously teach it. They just led. How many great leaders learnt leadership? ALL of THEM How then did they learn? Building Great Leaders? Leadership is for the future. Focus where the weakness is

13 Personal wisdom, inspiration and creativity Strong orientation to selfless service Modeling persons they admired as great leaders Through stories of the lives and orientations of leaders Challenged by situations they handled as opportunities Read and applied books that no man had written How good and great leaders learn?

14 Core Orientations of Past or Present Great Leaders They are guided by deep feelings of reality, profound thoughts, good words and right action Before they feel, they are prepared for new experiencing of who they really are and to let go of your previous experiences Before they think, they feel. After they think, they feel Before they speak, they feel and think. After they speak, think and feel Before they act, they feel. Think and speak. After they act, they feel, think and speak

15 YES? Does Nigeria need Good & Great Leaders? Why? More values than numbers. The means determined the worth of the end There was a Country More numbers than values. The end justifies the means There is a Country Proper fit between values and numbers; preference for the permanent and the survival of all as against that for the temporary and survival of the fittest orientation. There will be a Country

16 Core Practices of Great Leaders 1. Work at understanding themselves 4. Inspire others with trust and compassion 5. Assemble the team to drive the vision 6. Serve to purpose and with gratitude 9. Install a high performance culture 8. Develop high probability realistic road maps 7. Know where they currently are 2. Create higher purpose sublime visions 3. Passionately share their vision (1 – 6 drive Moral leadership; 7 – 12 drive strategic leadership) 12. Lead by example 11. Control intelligently 10. Execute efficiently

17 Sensitise leaders to the impact of their behaviours on all Rethink and operationalise our national values Strategically reorient all in Nigeria to these values Rest the growth and sustainability of the economy on the private sector in all major aspects that by global good practice should be the domain of business. This will drive efficiency upward How shall we build moral and strategic leadership for Nigeria? Immediate term – next 1 to 2 years

18 Equip the “Selectorate” (those appointing + those electing) with high standards of judgment working with what is good and not just right Strengthen the sanctions and enforcement for infractions Provide adequate support to strategically focused and morally strong persons and institutions, e.g. Centre LSD How do we build moral and strategic leadership for Nigeria? Immediate term – next 1 to 2 years

19 Recognise what is common to us all and restrict impact scope of our differences to local communities Institutionalise competent and professional regulation Reorient all from religiosity to spirituality. There will then be the love for collective humanity and heightened higher moral leadership How do we build moral and strategic leadership for Nigeria? Immediate term – next 3 to 5 years

20 Strategically envision and plan for the next 50 to hundred years As we become the change we wish to see, ask the Creator in prayers for support with children with the DNA for GOOD and GREAT LEADERSHIP How do we build moral and strategic leadership for Nigeria? Longer term – next 3 to 5 years

21 Conclusion Effective leadership requires climbing the ladder of practical leadership thus: Organisational Leadership (Doing the Right Things) Entrepreneurial Leadership (Discovery, Innovation, Ownership & management) Managerial Leadership (Doing Things Right) Self Leadership (Achieving personal goals) Self Leadership (Achieving personal goals) Spiritual Leadership (Serving to purpose of collective humanity. Doing the good things) Practical Leadership (address existing and anticipated challenges)

22 Closing thoughts “To lead the people, walk behind them” - Lao Tzu “Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther king “He who is not contented with what he has will not be contented with what he will like to have” - Socrates

23 Final Thoughts The longest journey you will make is from your head to your heart. The highest purpose of life is fulfilled through giving of what you are and have with a pure heart

24 Johnson A. Ikube email: May the love and peace of GOD be with you to bless you and yours with an abundance to overflowing of all things GOOD. Amen

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